Call to Adventure: Burning Man 2016

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.

~ Leonardo Da Vinci

Over the last couple years, I've had the privilege of joining the Burn. It has been a transformative and joyous experience that has filled my love cup until it overflows.

And while it is beautiful, it is also challenging and a place for growth.

To reveal more of WHY I'd prep for months to spend a week roughing it in the desert, at the start of 2016, I deemed this my "Year of Courage", with the intention to face my fears and step boldly into my whole, authentic self.

One of my deepest fears is standing on my own two feet. I fear I am not strong enough, not special enough, not deep enough, the ____ enoughs go on. This year's Burn is an opportunity for me to face those fears head on.

The prep for the playa alone has taken a lot of my energy. Though this is my third year, I am the most radically self reliant I've ever been and even with previous experience, I know the playa is so unpredictable that you cannot fully prepare for it.

That's also what makes it magical. Going on a trip into the unknown is answering a call to adventure.

In the book, "Callings", Gregg Levoy says, a call is only a monologue. A return call, a response, creates a dialogue. Our own unfolding requires that we be in constant dialogue with whatever is calling us.

What are these calls? They can be calls to do something. Calls to be something.

Generally people won't pursue their callings until the fear of doing so is finally exceeded by the pain of not doing so.

That pain is present. Time to evolve. Time to surrender. Time to liberate. Here we go!

)'(

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